Meet the 2018 Naked Stages Fellows!

Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018 Naked Stages Fellowship:  A.P. Looze, Anat Shinar & Chitra Vairavan.

Naked Stages is a 7-month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three emerging artists as they create an original piece of performance art.

The 2018 Naked Stages Program Mentor will be Sharon Bridgforth. The 2018 Fellows were chosen by a panel of artists comprised of past Naked Stages recipients and other professional artists, including Carlyle Brown, Junauda Petrus, and Siddeeqah Shabazz.

JANUARY 17 – 19 & 24 – 26, 2019
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A.P. Looze and Anat Shinar: January 17 – 25 at 7:30 PM
– Post-Show Discussions: January 19 & 25 at 9 PM

Chitra Vairavan: January 26 at 5 PM
– Reception with light food: January 26 at 7 PM

About the 2018 Naked Stages Fellows:

The Ways I Wished To Love Her

What does it mean to look at your reflection in a broken mirror, to take the fragments of inherited brokenness and learn how to hold and cherish their sharp edges? In an odyssey of seeking a new kind of mirroring, it is essential to yield to awe, generate your own sources of light, and to mother yourself through the heartache of what you wished to have but never did.

Bio: A.P. Looze seeks the truth and goes on heartfelt and honest adventures to find it. Their work touches on concepts of spirituality by way of personal narrative and investigation and inquiry of past experience. They are most inspired by objects, nature, pop culture, and science, to share stories that create vessels and spaciousness for the self to heal and flourish. Their solo performances have appeared as a part of Pleasure Rebel, Queertopia, through 20% Theatre Company, and The Guthrie.

Something elegant, like this

In her new solo, Something elegant, like this, Anat Shinar deconstructs the labor and power embedded within the contemporary cult of domesticity. Publicly performing household chores, Shinar highlights the illusion of liberation, descending into isolation as control and recklessness collide.

Bio: Anat Shinar is a Minneapolis-based contemporary performance artist, writer, and educator, and a member of Fresh Oysters Performance Research collective. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Visual Arts, and completed her Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, also at the UMN. Her work has been presented at the Red Eye Theater, Southern Theater, The Soap Factory, SooVAC, Bryant-Lake Bowl, and Ritz Theater.

cloth and body

cloth and body is an experiment in choreographing time and space through embodied choices. Chitra Vairavan will explore Pillsbury House Theater through a practice of deep listening and freedoms/poetics of choice.

Bio: Chitra Vairavan is a contemporary Indian dancer and choreographer of Tamil (South Indian)-American descent. Vairavan is immersed in both Tamil culture and progressive brown politics in the U.S. She dances to heal and creates to help heal others. Vairavan is a founding member of Ananya Dance Theatre and a dance collaborator with Aniccha Arts. She received the 2016 McKnight Dance Fellowship. Dance Magazine named her “25 to Watch” in 2017.

About Naked Stages:

This year, 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Pramila Vasudevan begins her third year as Director of Naked Stages. A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages is a 7-month development program that provides time, financial support, and mentoring to three emerging artists as they develop their unique voices as performance artists and creators.  Twice a month, they also participate in workshops focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.

The performances of the 2018 Naked Stages naked stages artists will be January 17 – 26, 2019. All tickets are Pick-Your-Price. (Regular price = $15).

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